Last evening, the most sought after and an innovative preschool offering concept based education, The Big Umbrella hosted an enlightening interactive evening for parents, led by the Sheriff of Mumbai and Chief Mentor, The Big Umbrella - Dr. Indu Shahani. Named as 'Chat & Snack', it is a parent-focused event held at the school every month. It is perceived as an excellent platform for parents to interact amongst each other and network on areas concentrating on parenting and how their efforts and the environment affect their children. This month's 'Chat & Snack' talked about the pressures a parent faces throughout their child's education.
Those present at the event were Dr. Indu Shahani, Ateet Sanghavi (Chairman, Purple Concierge Services Private Limited & The Big Umbrella Advisory Board member), Shreena Doshi (Director, The Big Umbrella), heads of the school, teachers and parents.
Dr. Indu Shahani, Principal of HR College and Chief Mentor, The Big Umbrella said, "Firstly, I congratulate Shreena to have taken up the initiative to enlighten young minds and make them responsible individuals by creating such a unique and an experimental space for children. As the Chief Mentor of The Big Umbrella and most importantly as an educator and a mother, it is my prime responsibility to address such issues and guide parents in the right direction because it is only them who can inspire their little ones to think and do things differently."
Partnered with New York's award winning children's activity centre - apple seeds, The Big Umbrella promotes the ideology of nature vs. nurture and how the culmination of both these factors result in comfortable and confident children through love and caring. Certain issues that were raised and discussed at the event centered around subjects like growing competition with new schools cropping up in the city, acceptance and adaptation to the international curriculum introduced by these schools, tedious interview processes and a couple of others.
Dr. Shahani addressed these issues by commenting on how vast is the gap between supply and demand because of which it gets difficult for parents to make a wise decision and they go through stress at various levels. There needs to be well defined criteria for schools to assess a child's skill set and capabilities in order to bridge this gap and ease out the pressures faced by parents. She further added saying that it is crucial for parents to make conscious efforts to bring up their kids with independent thinking, grounded lifestyle and most importantly adherence to family values and culture because these are the strengths of our nation which will eventually lead to having a futuristic generation with young responsible individuals.
Dr. Shahani's insights and ideas relieved parents from facing such pressures and helped them to counteract situations sensitively because according to her, nothing can be superior to a child's happiness, comfort and joy.
The Big Umbrella preschool and activity centre
Led by Shreena Doshi and Nisaurg Doshi of The Doshi Group of Companies, The Big Umbrella is an innovative preschool for children 0 to 5 years where it introduces the concept of allowing children to learn and explore at their own pace with the right stimulus by opening its first proprietary location in South Mumbai. apple seeds, the award-winning all-in-one children's play space based in New York City is an intriguing feature of The Big Umbrella, both striving to help the toddlers achieve inner harmony as well as balance within their environment. With The Big Umbrella and apple seeds, the Doshi Group has made its foray in the field of education. The Big Umbrella is an excellent platform for education driven mothers and fathers to come together and recognize the value of concept based education, especially when there is a need for children to grow and develop their minds and personalities at that extremely impressionable age.
The Big Umbrella offers a comprehensive five-year preschool program that will set little learners up for primary school and most importantly, for life:
1) Mommy & Me
For further information, please log into www.thebigumbrella.edu.in
apple seeds India
A premier and innovative children's destination and recreation facility, apple seeds, opened its doors March 1, 2007 in NYC's Chelsea. apple seeds is the creation of Craig Schlanger and Bobby Berna. Their mission was to open an indoor, interactive play space that provides families a sense of community and a modern, safe, clean environment where kids can play, learn and have fun in the city. An intriguing feature of The Big Umbrella: preschool and activity centre, apple seeds India has fun filled activities - semester with 8 innovative classes for toddlers of varying ages.
With high energy sports and movement activities as well as hands on science and exploration classes, kids can discover and learn at their own pace in a safe, sound and healthy environment. With activities ranging from interactive cooking classes to art for emerging artists, the apple seeds India activity centre promises to be a stimulating place for the young ones to get their creative juices flowing. Named Song for Seeds, this rocking music program has been rated as the Best Music Class by New York magazine. It encourages young children to sing, dance and play along with a live, three-piece band. Kids rock out with children's instruments as well as real drums, guitars, keyboards and instruments from around the world.
The Big Umbrella and apple seeds India, both offer an innovative space that promises to give children the freedom and comfort to express, grow and become all they want to be.
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